Broadmead bank robber, driver arrested

Saanich Police and South Island authorities located suspects of daytime robbery of Broadmead Royal Bank robbery on Saturday (March 12)

(This story was updated on March 14 following the location of a second suspect in the bank robbery.)

A bank robber and his getaway driver were both caught following a daytime robbery of the Royal Bank on the 700-block of Royal Oak Drive in Broadmead at about 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

A lone male entered the bank, approached a teller and demanded money. No weapon was produced. After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect fled out of the bank and jumped into a car that was waiting for him outside the bank.

Saanich Police were quickly on scene and located the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was arrested. Forty-six year old Trevor Thurston was arrested and is facing one count of robbery.

However, a passenger managed to escape apprehension but was located and arrested on Sunday. A 27 year old Saanich man, who has had prior contact with police, is facing one count of robbery and will appear before the courts later today.

“We’re very pleased to announce the second male in this robbery [was] located and arrested in such a short period of time,” acting Sgt. Jereme Leslie said.

“This is a great example of outstanding coordinated police work done by our patrol officers, Major Crime Unit and Forensic Identification Officers.”

reporter@saanichnews.com